Snorkeling and jungle trekking

Trip Start Feb 02, 2008
Trip End Aug 19, 2008

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Today we went snorkeling again because we love it so much. We went on Tuesday morning as well. There are so many fish, and so many colours. Colours that I thought didn't arise naturally, like luminous pink and green and yellow and blue and orange. The fish swim right by you as well, they aren't scared, so close you can almost touch them. There were clams (I presume clams) the size of my whole body, and schools of fish that swim around you. Some people I spoke to saw a shark and a sting ray, but I didn't, although I'm quite pleased about that. I mastered the diving down and then shooting the water out of the snorkel when you bob back up, so I could look under rocks for fish. There were black and white zebra ones, bright blue clams, green and pink striped ones, small electric blue ones, blue ones with green fins, flounder fish!, finding nemo fish, the V shaped fish with a sort of string coming of the back of them they are yellow and black, there were eels, and ones with pointy noses ( not really a nose though is it), well, there were loads and they were all amazing. I wish I had an underwater camera to show you all the fish, but I'm sure you can google " Tropical fish" and you will see some, if you haven't already.

Last night at the bar we were talking to loads of people and then we all got our picture taken to be in the brochure, so you might see us soon when you google " The beach house , Fiji" but maybe not.

Yesterday (Wednesday) we went on a jungle trek. It was only F$8 so about 2.40 pounds. It was about 3 hours long, maybe a bit more and the guy that took us knew so much stuff. He showed us this " sensitive grass" that closes when you touch it. He told us how you know when bamboo is strong enough to build with. He told us how to catch fish by drugging them and what different plants did or how different plants looked. He showed us remedies and smells and it was all very interesting. Our destination was the waterfall, which was refreshing and exciting. We climbed up it and he took pictures, which I shall put up at a later date. I was slightly concerned when I saw him ascending the water fall with my camera (that he had taken out of my bag) but this guy had balance like no other. Walking on a waterfall barefoot was as easy for him as us walking up a hill. Never put a foot wrong. Did the whole trek barefoot as well, which is pretty impressive. I impressed him, he said I was quick, because I was racing ahead in the jungle, almost getting lost. I had come pretty far away from everyone else and I had to cross this river, but there was a guy with a machete on the other side, I was tempted to run but he was very friendly and just chopping some bamboo. I impressed Ben (the guy who took us snorkeling) with my strong swimming skills.

There are some major human rights abuses here though. Which you wouldn't realize from just seeing the surface. While we were on the walk our guide showed us a plant, he said this ;

"This plant is what the women use to weave. If you go to a village you will see the carpets made of these leaves. It is the womens job to weave and if they want to stop, they must ask their husband or the man in charge. If she does not obey.... this is a very big problem."

The group went very quiet and I almost laughed. Then he added " Don't blame me, I'm telling you the real Fijian culture". So there you go, people in Fiji are friendly and happy, and apparently very oppressed.

Fiji is a lovely place and the people seem so nice, but I'm very glad that I wasn't born here, or am staying here for a long time. Anyway, its time to go now, on that lovely note. I shall add pictures soon.

Loads of love, Bernie and Oonagh
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annamum on

Jungle hat
Mimi says you must wear hats each. She say you must wear hats ar get sunstroke. Have you got hats I don't think so. Perhaps you should weave your own hats seeing as you are women. You will most likely find seeing as you are women that you have natural weaving skills which are parallel to knitting skills in this country. And then you must look round for a man to ask if you could stop weaving your hat please.

I am lucky for when I am doing my knitting here in England I can ask Noel if I can stop please. And he usually say yes you may and now go and do the cooking for I am hungry wife.
Tee hee.

It sounds absolutely marvellous there though. Especially all the wild things!
PLease take photos of wild things please so I can inspect them.

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